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DelDOT Urges People to Learn Drone Safety

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TJ Redefer's drone (Photo: WBOC) TJ Redefer's drone (Photo: WBOC)

DEWEY BEACH, Del. - The Federal Aviation Administration is anticipating thousands of drone purchases this holiday season, so the Delaware Department of Transportation is urging the public to learn the air safety guidelines.

A new law requires drones to be registered by Dec. 21.

TJ Redefer, a real estate agent at Rehoboth Bay Realty in Dewey Beach, is what you would call a "drone enthusiast."

"Flight is the fun thing," he mused. "As a kid, taking pictures as a child was a big hobby of mine and now to be able to fly as well, it's so much fun."

He showed WBOC the pre-flight requirements for his drone, and also talked about his concerns now that the aircraft is more publicly accessible.

"The concern I have is the holiday comes on and the number of aircrafts that are purchased for people that don't know how to use them," he explained.

Delaware Department of Transportation Aeronautics Coordinator Joshua Thomas said interactions between other drones or airplanes as well as getting too close to crowds is a main concern.

"There's kind of a feeling that the air's going to get crowded," he said. "So as more and more of them go up, the air gets crowded and that sort of makes everyone nervous."

But now, the FAA requires people to register their drones, and therefore can know who isn't following certain guidelines. Guidelines such as a 400 feet maximum altitude and avoiding crowds.

To register a drone head to the FAA's "Know Before You Fly" site. Registration is free until Jan. 20.

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